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Three Providers of Virtual Routers Named IDC Innovators


International Data Corporation (IDC)
today published an IDC Innovators report profiling three companies with
compelling and differentiated virtual router solutions. The three
companies named IDC Innovators are 128 Technology, 6WIND, and DRIVENETS.

A virtual router is a virtual or software instantiation of a hardware
router. It is, in other words, a software function that replicates in
software the functionality of a hardware-based Layer 3 IP router. The
key advantages of using a virtual router accrue from the decoupling of
the hardware from the software. The software can be hosted on any
hardware and moved from one hardware host to another depending on need.
It can be upgraded independently of hardware and can be integrated with
other network functions software more easily to deliver a network
service dynamically.

"Virtual routing is a foundational virtual network function (VNF) in any
carrier network functions virtualization (NFV) deployment and has come
to the forefront as communications service providers contemplate cloud
architectures across their wireline and wireless infrastructures," said Rajesh
, research director, Carrier
Network Infrastructure
at IDC. "Hence, IDC does expect virtual
routing to ride the curve of NFV deployments and grow at a rapid pace
over the foreseeable future. While a number of virtual router solutions
are available in the market, we believe these three emerging vendors
have the potential to benefit from secular growth trends in the carrier
network infrastructure marketplace."

128 Technology has the only session-based router in the industry, which
eliminates the need for network tunnels and overlays for security, and
enables improved network performance, greater responsiveness, higher
scalability, and better hardware utilization.

6WIND uses the industry-standard key software abstraction layer (DPDK)
to enable virtual network functions to be hosted on commodity hardware
with a variety of deployment options suitable for high performance use

DRIVENETS leverages Web-scale cloud design principles such as
containerized SDN services, shared infrastructure, and commodity
multivendor hardware to achieve extreme port density, a consolidated
control plane, and enhanced agility and resilience.

The report, IDC
Innovators: Virtual Routers, 2018
(IDC #US44199317), profiles
three emerging vendors with compelling and differentiated virtual router

About IDC Innovators
reports present a set of vendors – under $100 million in
revenue at time of selection – chosen by an IDC analyst within a
specific market that offer an innovative new technology, a
groundbreaking approach to an existing issue, and/or an interesting new
business model. It is not an exhaustive evaluation of all companies in a
segment or a comparative ranking of the companies. Vendors in the
process of being acquired by a larger company may be included in the
report provided the acquisition is not finalized at the time of
publication of the report. Vendors funded by venture capital firms may
also be included in the report even if the venture capital firm has a
financial stake in the vendor's company. IDC INNOVATOR and IDC
INNOVATORS are trademarks of International Data Group, Inc.

For more information about IDC Innovators research, please contact Karen
Moser at

About IDC
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premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and
events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer
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global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry
opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and
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community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their
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subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG),
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